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How Successful Is ABA Therapy?

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Written by: Joshua Sleeper

Research shows that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is effective for improving language, cognitive abilities, adaptive behaviors, and social skills while reducing aggression and anxiety. To reach this level of success, it’s important that your ABA provider uses evidence-based methods to design, implement, and evaluate autism therapy services. At Trumpet, our experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) customize each ABA treatment plan to meet each individual’s specific needs. After designing each plan, your Trumpet therapy team will continue to monitor and evaluate your child’s progress to ensure they’re progressing toward their treatment goals.

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How Long Does It Take For ABA Therapy To Work?

ABA therapy isn’t immediate, and your therapy team will need time to both establish a positive relationship with your child and fine-tune their therapy plan. If you’ve been doing ABA therapy for a while and don’t believe your child is making progress, talk with your therapy team about your concerns. Together, you can review your child’s plan and determine any issues or variables impacting his or her progress. If your child isn’t progressing as expected despite closely following the ABA therapy plan, your therapist can request assistance from Trumpet’s Peer Review Committee. This committee is dedicated to reviewing and altering ABA therapy plans based on ethical, and evidence-based methods.

What If ABA Therapy Isn’t Helping With Autism Symptoms?

The Peer Review Committee, led by Trumpet’s Chief Clinical Officer, Amber Valentino, is chosen based on the members’ experience and knowledge of the individual child. Once the committee has been selected, they’ll review your child’s Functional Behavior Assessment, treatment data and observations, and the current behavioral treatment plan. Working closely with your BCBA, the Committee will evaluate your child’s goals and any variables or issues that could be affecting your child’s progress. After reviewing and evaluating all of this information, the Committee will make initial recommendations and meet with your child’s BCBA frequently to monitor and make additional recommendations.

The Trumpet Difference

By closely monitoring each individual’s progress and providing extensive support, Trumpet’s ABA therapy is unlike any other. We know every child with autism requires individualized care, and we draw on our team’s vast experience and knowledge to assess, recommend changes, and implement effective ABA therapy plans.

As your dedicated autism partner, the Trumpet team is committed to doing whatever it takes to help your child reach their full potential. To learn more about our research-based autism treatment, contact us today or find an autism therapy center near you.

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